If your loved one was a resident of Orange, there are many tranquil areas to remember and reflect on their life. From the historic plaza to the peaceful Irvine Regional Park, Orange is a picturesque city offering plenty of places and spaces to celebrate a life well lived.
The bold and vibrant downtown area, Old Towne, is home to several historic hotels, such as The French Estate, a unique guest house and venue location that has been a family home for over 116 years. If you’re looking for a beautiful place to hold a celebration of life service, you can book an event. Nearby Watson’s Soda Fountain & Cafe, dates back to 1899s and was once a traditional drugstore. Though the shop ceased filling prescriptions in 2011, the cafe still remains open, dishing out all-American food in a vibrant, remodeled dining hall, packed with 1950s influences. The cafe may be a great place to take family in friends who are in town for a loved one’s memorial service.
The Hilbert Museum of California Art, which is located on campus at Chapman University, displays a permanent exhibition of California Scene paintings. With a nod to modern impressionist art, this collection features depictions of everyday American life in addition to stunning landscapes of the surrounding area. This quiet space may be just what you need to process your emotions after a loss. And if your deceased loved one was an art buff, then perhaps you would consider making a donation in their name to the museum.
Embrace nature in the pretty Irvine Regional Park, which features the quaint Irvine Park Railroad where you can enjoy a 12-minute scenic ride alongside a traditional conductor. If you are looking for a kid-friendly celebration of life venue, or just a distraction for a large group of kids, then consider renting a party pavilion. Alternatively you can check out the OC Zoo’s exhibits featuring animals and plants native to the region. The zoo does offer some onsite restaurants that can accommodate larger groups and potentially serve as an alternate, family-friendly location to hold a memorial service.
Orange is an exciting city with no shortage of wonderful spaces and places to hold a celebration of life event. Whether you’re looking for a family-focused experience or a place to decompress with your emotions after a loss, Orange has something for everyone.